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National Weather Service confirms 2 tornadoes formed in central Florida this weekend

Forecasters confirmed that tornadoes formed in Bradenton and Winter Haven during a weekend of nasty weather.
The National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes spun out of our rough weather over the weekend, one in Bradenton and the other Winter Haven. Damage to homes was reported in both.
The National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes spun out of our rough weather over the weekend, one in Bradenton and the other Winter Haven. Damage to homes was reported in both. [ National Weather Service ]
Published Apr. 12
Updated Apr. 12

The National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes spun out of our rough weather over the weekend, one in Bradenton and the other in Winter Haven.

The first tornado formed at 5:45 p.m. Saturday in Bradenton. The tornado, an EF-1, traveled about a half-mile and was around 50 yards wide. It’s peak winds were 95 mph and the storm led to one injury, the weather service said.

The second twister was an EF-O that reached winds of 65 mph. It raveled about 1.4 miles after forming at 12:18 p.m. Sunday in Winter Haven. It also was about 50 yards wide. No injuries were reported from that tornado, though there were scattered reports of damage and hail.

About 20 homes were damaged by the Bradenton tornado, Manatee County Emergency Management said. Winds ripped off the roofs on five of the homes. The damage was centered in a neighborhood near the IMG Academy Golf Club and at condominiums on nearby 43rd Street West.

A 17-year-old Spring Hill girl also was electrocuted during Sunday’s violent thunderstorms as she tried to escape from her burning car after colliding with a fallen power line, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said.